NEWS for Tuesday, July 2, 2013

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 2 INDIANA COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER.  AUTHORITIES SAY 22 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SALSGIVER SHOT 46 YEAR OLD JAMES ALEXANDER OF ERNEST IN THE HEAD LAST WEEK DUE TO AN ARGUMENT OVER HEROIN.  GREGORY PATTERSON WAS HIS ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE. BOTH MEN ARE FROM GLEN CAMPBELL AND ARE IN THE COUNTY JAIL. THEY’RE ALSO ACCUSED OF STEALING 300 DOLLARS IN CASH AND 2 BRICKS OF HEROIN.

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IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAN WHO PUNCHED AND BEAT 21-YEAR OLD JOSEPH COMBS OF CONEMAUGH ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  THE SUSPECT WAS DRIVING A BURGUNDY DODGE PICKUP WHEN HE APPROACHED COMBS AND OFFERED HIM 20 DOLLARS TO CUT HIS GRASS. COMBS GOT INTO THE VEHICLE…THEN THE MAN GAVE HIM A SUCKER BITE ON HIS NECK…HIT HIM 3 OR 4 TIMES WITH A RATCHET…THEN KICKED HIM IN THE RIBS.  THE VICTIM EVENTUALLY ESCAPED.  THE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MALE…ABOUT 250 POUNDS, WITH A TRIBAL TATTOO ON HIS LEFT ARM.  THE TRUCK ALSO HAD A LAWN CARE WEBSITE ON ITS BACK WINDOW.

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TODAY IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR AUSTIN MOLINICH OF RICHLAND TOWNSHIP. HE WAS 18 LAST JUNE WHEN HIS CAR CRASHED INTO A PICKUP TRUCK ALONG FRANKSTOWN ROAD, KILLING 73 YEAR OLD DONALD EVANS SENIOR AND HIS 19-YEAR OLD GRANDAUGHTER CASSANDRA SINGER. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, POLICE DETERMINED THAT MOLINICH WAS TEXTING AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AT THE TIME.  HE’S CHARGED WITH 2 COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE.

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JOHNSTOWN POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A KILLER.  JAMIL GRAY WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN AN ALLEY BEHIND THE F-W-A GYM EARLY YESTERDAY.   A MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING HAS NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CITY POLICE.

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AS OF MONDAY, THE NEWEST PENNSYLVANIA STATE PRISON IS OFFICIALLY FULLY OPERATIONAL.   S-C-I BENNER IN CENTRE COUNTY COST NEARLY 200 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD AND WILL HOUSE ABOUT 2-THOUSAND INMATES.  THE PRISON WILL EMPLOY ABOUT 560 PEOPLE. MANY TRANSFERRED FROM S-C-I CRESSON AND GREENSBURG. 

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FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER IS ASKING A JUDGE FOR LOOSER BAIL, ALLOWING HIM TO TRAVEL ABROAD.   CURRENTLY SPANIER IS ONLY PERMITTED TO TRAVEL WITHIN THE U-S WITH PRIOR COURT APPROVAL, BUT HIS ATTORNEY SAYS THOSE RESTRICTIONS ARE “UNCONSTITUTIONAL.”   THE LAWYER SAYS WIDESPREAD TRAVEL IS NECESSARY FOR SPANIER’S PROFESSION AND DOES NOT JEOPARDIZE HIS APPEARANCE AT LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

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